Agha Shahid Ali

Agha Shahid Ali (1949–2001) was an Indian American Kashmiri poet and teacher. Shahid’s often cathartic poems are marked by a language of longing and moments of transformation even in the face of historical, cultural, and personal upheaval. His collection Rooms Are Never Finished was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001.

Exile Returned

Agha Shahid Ali’s poems are charmed whispers that can console and devastate

I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You: A Book of Her Poems & His Poems Collected in Pairs

In this insightful anthology, the editors grouped almost 200 poems into pairs to demonstrate the different ways in which male and female poets see the same topics.

Loneliness and Longing in Agha Shahid Ali’s ‘Stationery’

The world is full of paper. Write to me.

The world is full of paper. Write to me.

‘The Ghat of the Only World’: Agha Shahid Ali in Brooklyn

An account of Shahid’s last months and life work by his friend, the writer Amitav Ghosh.


Agha Shahid Ali Reading His Poetry Himself [With Subtitles]

Agha Shahid Ali, one of the shining lights of Kashmir, left us on this day 16 years ago. His poetry has taken the message of Kashmir far and wide. He has inspired an entire generation of Kashmiris to write poetry in English and to tell their stories to the world.

Rooms Are Never Finished: Poems

In this stunningly inventive collection―a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award in poetry―Ali excavates the devastation wrought upon his childhood home, Kashmir, and reveals a more personal devastation: his mother's death and the journey with her body back to Kashmir.

An Interview with Poet Agha Shahid Ali

An excerpt from a conversation with Eric Gamalinda that took place in Ali's apartment in Brooklyn eight months before his death.

Prayer Rug

We are almost present in this poem, kneeling on the prayer rug, filled with faith and joy.

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Izhar Patkin: Agha Shahid Ali on All Things Considered

Jacki Lyden Talks with Agha Shahid Ali for NPR, All Things Considered at Izhar Patkin’s Studio, July 2001, New York City.


Linda Hogan